Baltimore homicide detectives are investigating the death...

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January 25, 1998|By From staff reports

CLEVELAND, TENN. — Baltimore homicide detectives are investigating the death of an unidentified woman whose burned body was found Friday night in Leakin Park after it was dumped from a silver car, city police said.

Police said the body was dumped from the car about 8 p.m. near the 3100 block of Wetheredsville Road -- a boundary line of the secluded park in West Baltimore long used by killers to dispose of their victims.

The victim was black, and her age was uncertain, police said. Detectives were awaiting an autopsy report on the cause of death.

2 men critically hurt in shooting from car

Two men were in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night after gunfire erupted in the 2000 block of N. Fulton Ave., city police said.

The victims had just gotten into a parked car, when shots were fired from another car that pulled alongside. Police withheld the names of the victims -- a 31-year-old, who was sitting in the driver's seat, and his passenger in the back seat -- because relatives had not been notified.

In an unrelated incident, police were searching for a gunman who shot an unlicensed cabbie in the eye Friday night in the 5100 block of Dickey Hill Road and took his car. The victim, James Johnson, 35, of the 2100 block of Ashburton St., was in critical condition at Shock Trauma, police said.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- A 35-year-old Calvert County man who escaped from an Indiana prison was shot to death here Friday after exchanging shots with police.

John R. Linstead, formerly of Lusby, had refused to come out of a wooded area and was shot in the head after he was found by police dogs, according to the Bradley County Sheriff's Department.

Linstead, due to have been released March 16 from a sentence for theft and receiving stolen property and wanted in Maryland on burglary and bad-check charges, escaped Jan. 10 with another inmate. They broke into a house near the prison, tying up a couple and taking credit cards, cash and a car. They were interrupted Friday attempting to break into a house in Cleveland.

JOPPATOWNE -- Three people escaped with minor injuries yesterday morning as a two-alarm fire of unknown cause consumed the upper two floors of a three-story building in the Towne Plaza Apartments complex and caused an estimated $300,000 in damage.

The fire, reported at 4: 55 a.m., displaced 15 people from the 10-unit building because of smoke and water damage. Firefighters helped rescue four people from balconies. The fire was brought under control in 20 minutes.

Taken to Fallston General Hospital were Christine Panoni, 29, treated for respiratory complications; John Baldwin, 23, treated for minor burns; and Christine Via, 48, treated for a leg injury and head lacerations sustained when she jumped from a second-floor balcony.

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